Mother's Day is on May 9, and while some of us might be able to spend the day with our moms in person, there are many who are still adhering to social distancing, or just live far away from the special lady in their life. But of course, that doesn't mean you just have to have phone call or quick Zoom session with mom — now is the time to think bigger. With the quarantine-friendly Mother's Day ideas below, you'll be able to show Mom (from afar) just how much you love and appreciate her.
A Mother's Day Drive-By
Yes, drive-bys are still a fun — not to mention safe — way to celebrate your mom. You can simply honk your horn as you pass her house, or decorate your whole car with signs, streamers and balloons. Either way, it's sure to be a hit.
Take a Virtual Class Together
You might live far away from her, but a virtual class is just the thing to bring you two together. Make memories while you learn to make a special meal, cocktail, or our personal, favorite, a flower arrangement. MasterClass has so many great options.
Watch a Movie or Show Together
If you haven't already taken advantage of Netflix's Teleparty, you need to. Basically, you download the extension, and you're able to stream content at the same time as another person, plus there's a chat box where you can talk as if you're right next to each other. You can invite the whole family if you'd like!
Host a Zoom Brunch
Send Mom brunch from her favorite restaurant and eat “together” over Zoom or FaceTime to celebrate the day. It’ll feel like a treat (no cooking or dish washing involved!) and will make the day feel extra special. If you really want to make things special, try delivering some flowers to her as well. They'll brighten up her table, and make brunch feel extra fancy.
Send a Goodie Bag Full of Surprises
Sending flowers or other gifts is always appreciated, but if you think your mom might like something a little more unique this Mother’s Day, it's time to get creative. Consider a gift box from Small Packages Co., which has curated gift boxes of treats that will make any mom (or anyone) smile. All you have to do is pick a size and a price point, and they'll do the rest, arranging and packing a box full of fun surprises for your mom.
Host a Family Tribute Night
Gather your siblings and have a “Tribute to Mom" night. Make sure to bring your favorite photos, videos, and stories to the Zoom or Skype call and have everyone talk about their very favorite things about mom. This is sure to result in laughter, tears, or probably both.
Put Together a Care Package
Think of the things your mom loves most and throw together a care package to send her. If she's a movie buff send popcorn, candies, and her favorite DVD; if she likes curling up with a good book send her one of your favorites and a box of tea; if she could use some more relaxation, a candle or soft blanket will be much appreciated. Add in some framed family photos or other sentimental items for a personal touch. No fancy dinner reservations or expensive purchases required.
Gift Her a Subscription
Would your mom like a monthly subscription to a wine company? Popcorn? Meal kits? Whatever you think she’d love, choose something that will make her smile every time it comes in the mail. The best part is that she’ll think of you and the gift whenever she gets it throughout the year!
Although these are only a handful of easy ways to celebrate your mom on a special day (no matter what your budget is or how far away from her you are), the most important thing to remember when celebrating from afar is that it’s truly the thought that counts. Did you remember to call her? Did you send a card or a handwritten note? Did you make plans to see her months in the future and let her know? Whatever you do, whether you were thoughtful about the day will be what makes all the difference and what your mom notices — whether that includes a special gift, a long FaceTime call, or a thoughtful note.
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